Augustinian Typology and Christian Hermeneutics

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  • David Moses (University of Edinburgh)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume 12: Global Voices, Global Histories: World Literatures and Cultures.

Augustine, son of a pagan father and Christian mother, was born in 345 and died in 430. For most of his life he lived in the Roman North Africa where he served as Bishop of Hippo. Through the study of Hellenic philosophy, rhetoric and oratory he became the most influential progenitor of doctrinal belief. His Confessions (circa 400 CE), a work of considerable philosophical and spiritual depth, is traditionally seen as a Christian revelation narrative. In the biblical context his “confessions” are confiteri, the praise of a soul that admires the action of God “inside” itself. As will be seen, this notion of interiority contributes importantly to Augustine's understanding of words and signs. City of God (begun 4…

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Moses, David. "Augustinian Typology and Christian Hermeneutics". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 09 September 2004
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